Singer says classic influences may trickle into 'Channel Orange' follow-up
Speaking to MTV, the singer was reluctant to reveal too much about his plans for the follow-up to last year’s ‘Channel Orange’ LP. But speaking about his influences, he said: “When I was making the first [album] there were a group of artists that I listened to, just for inspiration and to absorb the energies.
“It was a lot of Stevie Wonder, and this time it’s a lot of Beach Boys and Beatles and whatnot, so we’ll see how it trickles into the music and the final product. I can’t say much other than that.”
Ocean is set to play two shows in London this July. He is set to headline Brixton Academy on July 9 and 10, with the two dates marking his biggest European gigs to date and his first London shows since he performed at east London venue XOYO in 2011. Following the Brixton shows Frank Ocean will perform at the Wireless Festival in London alongside headliner Justin Timberlake. The festival takes place between July 12-14 at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Meanwhile, Ocean’s Odd Future cohort Tyler, The Creator recently revealed that Justin Bieber rejected a song which he had written for him with Ocean. The pair wrote a track for Bieber’s ‘Believe’ album, but the teenage singer turned the track down. “I’ve got so many beats and songs, but no one’s giving me a chance yet,” he said. “I want to take Justin Bieber for a month and just lock him up in a cage where we sit and make music. He’s one of the most successful people in the world, but his music could be so much tighter.”
Frank Ocean, Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt will all be playing this summer’s T In The Park in Balado, Kinross between July 12-14.